All About Business

I have once written about how people complain about the lack of business clothes in SL. I just don’t see it. Many great business looks can be put together (especially if one is able to make allowances about necklines).

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Take this dress from monica Outlander. Top to bottom, it’s a winner for a well-dressed woman. With its creamy knit texture, modest length (again for SL), and versatility, this dress can be very handily worn for business in SL. I have accessorized with a great belt from Sofi Trenkins and one of Mika Nieuport’s great 50L Fridays jewelry sets.

All About Business

The stunner of this whole look, however, is Mea Cannell’s newest skin offering, specifically made for African-American or African-European women. I really liked this skin—it’s beautiful and appropriate. I am especially fond of the lips. It’s not a light skin darkened. I will wear this skin again, especially when I want an elegant look.

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Getting down to business:

Hair: >TRUTH< Skyla – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Aimesi Skin Samara Face3 Dark by Mea Carnell for Aimesi *

Dress: Miamai_Bebe Cream by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Jewelry: MIEL CUE SET – 50L Fridays by Mika Nieuport for MIEL

Belt: ~SIGMA~Jewels/ Tamara belt brown by Sofi Trenkins for ~SIGMA~

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Graybrown by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for Courtisane *

All About Business

Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for business looks in SL, especially since Amanda Linden wrote a blog about business appearance.

It’s not impossible to put together a business look here, especially if you get yourself outside the box of black suit and skirt. I am personally tired of that—that’s for lawyers and very uptight librarians. A professional woman can be found in a tailored sweater and skirt with a stylish scarf, as I show here.

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Betty Doyle has come out with a set of “Vintage Basics,” but I consider them regular basics. The system skirt has a great texture and shape (though for some reason, this one made my rear end look large so I “dieted” a little and shrunk my otherwise perfectly useful skinny skirt shape). And the sweater, with its ideally proportioned knit texture and wonderful sculpty shapes, has enough style to look beyond ordinary but is not outrageous.

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I accessorized with Tiffy Vella’s beautiful Wistaria set. She has done some absolutely exquisite work with jewelry in SL, combining killer skills in tiny prim building with gorgeous textures. This set comes with this beautiful scarf, earrings, and a ring. (It also has a necklace and bracelets you don’t see here.) And finally I pull out the classic Verve pumps from Onyx LeShelle.

I wear here a skin I custom made at Body Politik. Maximillion Grant and his partner Polly Pavlova didn’t make it for me–I made it myself on their handy dandy website, and I blogged about this wonderful idea. I received news today that they are now letting you customize in-world as well at their “Skin Creation Stations.” So get down to their store in-world—you may catch me there putting another one together.

All About Business

Getting down to it:

Hair: [V] Vignette Jaime Brick by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: TBP Infinity Custom Skin – Harper Beresford CYT-103353_1936 by Maximillion Grant for Body Politik

Sweater: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Edie :: Forest by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Skirt: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Memo :: Midnight by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Jewelry and Scarf: Eclectica_Purples_Wistaria by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Olive by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

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I recently met with Gentle Heron of Virtual Ability, Inc. in world at my villa. We had met at SLCC and found we liked each other a lot and had a lot to share. Gentle’s organization was one of the first winners of the $10,000 USD Linden Prize. In collaboration with a number of residents, including my friend Pecos Bill, Gentle has raised the bar for non-profits in SL.

We specifically meant to discuss fashion for members of her group–people who are disabled and live in SL. They have various concerns—how do you wear a prim skirt if you are in a wheelchair and it hangs down, how do you dress if you are sight impaired, how do you seek the support of creators in world and bring awareness? Gentle estimates that 20% of our residency has some form of disability which hampers them in using SL. That’s a lot of folks who find enjoyment and fun but just need a little help and since I know a little bit about prim skirts, I wanted to help. We had a great meeting.

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To meet with Gentle, I wanted to dress appropriately for business. While she is an open-minded lady and actually a lot of fun, I wanted to show her how much I respected her work and her group by making my avatar reflect my seriousness (and my fashion savoir faire).

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So I chose this classy outfit from MEB’s 2009 Fall Collection. While MariaElena Barbosa uses photo sourced textures, she does so with skill and elegance. She has combined sculpty cuffs and collar in a manner that makes the silhouette of this blouse sharp and stylish. And the slacks look tailored and rich.

I will note that she includes the pair of shoes she shows in the panel photo with this outfit. I purchased another outfit where she showed boots in the photo and received shoes instead, which I found disappointing. MariaElena needs to work a little on truth in advertising.

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Autumn Hykova’s appropriately-named “Posh” was a perfect accompaniment to the outfit along with Pulse’s fresh Valeries Wheat/Blush skin. I accessorized with Cora Lu’s Steel Spikes for Paper Couture and of course, my favorite slingbacks from SKGShoes, the Alina Slingback Pumps.

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Businesswomen unite!

Hair: .:[ Tiny Bird ] :. Posh – Cinnamon by Autumn Hykova for Tiny Bird

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blush by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: MEB : Avenue by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB

Earrings: p.c.; Steel Spikes by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Pecan by Saki Galiazzo for SKGShoes